Thank you once more Mr. Berthold for the additional images. The closeup of the cord used on the original shoulder board shows well the difference in material construction from that of the one used on my shoulder board. It was most helpful and appreciated visual information. You are absolutely correct in your statement of newer collectors and old copies a dangerous mix I think. But with time, information, self study, and the help from you and other like minded individuals; Understanding can be achieved through hard work and determination (I hope)? Again my thanks to you and all who have contributed to my learning experience. Best regards.
07-14-2014 02:19 AM
Thanks for the kind words and good luck. My comments embody by no means a damnation of younger collectors. Merely, the sad fact is that the fakes have long existed, and were already of ancient lineage
in the 1960s. That is, the Nazis themselves railed against copies of Nazi insignia even prior to 1933, and thereafter. It was one of the reasons for the controls of the RZM, after all.
With some circumspection and money (?!), you can find good SS collar insignia in the locales where these things are had.
The expectation to secure these as a bargain, and in storied, magic and legendary places is somewhat naive, though.
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